10/08/15 12:00pm


We’ve gone pink for breast cancer awareness for the month of October. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

On the awareness aspect, it is meant to encourage women to seek care for themselves and get checked, reminding them that early detection is important.

A great local charity to support is the Alexandria Walk to Fight Breast Cancer in honor of former Alexandria City Manager Vola Lawson. I have donated and hope you can too.

10/08/15 11:50am

Alexandria Fire Department T-Shirts To Help Extinguish Breast Cancer
Get fired up for the cause!

Throughout the month of October, you can support the Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Memorial Fund by purchasing a pink Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt from the Alexandria Fire Department.

All proceeds from the shirts support the Alexandria Foundation’s Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Memorial Fund (formerly the Walk to Fight Breast Cancer Fund), which has helped thousands of uninsured Alexandria women receive free mammograms and other diagnostic screenings since its inception in 1994.

All Alexandria Fire Department employees will wear the shirts as part of their uniform every day in October. Shirt sizes range from Adult S-XXX; short-sleeve shirts sell for $15 and long-sleeve shirts sell for $20.

Stop by Station 201 (317 Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria) anytime to purchase your shirt (call the station at 703-746-5201 to make sure they are in house).

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10/08/15 8:04am

City of Alexandria Police Department

Been combing through the enormous amount of messages sent to me overnight after last night’s shooting. Here’s one of the cleaner one’s from one of our readers.

Shots fired in parker grey neighborhood, police everywhere. Concentrating on Belle pre way. Sounded like 5 shots.

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred late last night on Belle Pre Way on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

At approximately 11:45 PM, officers responded to the area for a shooting. The victim was located by police suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he later died. The investigation is ongoing.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Sergeant David Cutting with the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.­­­­­6627.

This is the second homicide in Alexandria this year.

(Photo by Cliff, on Flickr)

10/07/15 4:00pm

Beyer Silberberg
Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg, who is running for Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia on November 3, received the following endorsement from Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA 8th) today.

“As a lifelong Democrat and as an Alexandrian, I am pleased to support Allison’s candidacy for mayor. Allison is a person of integrity with a vision for the future of our great city. I am confident that she will be ever present in our community, and will do her best to help Alexandria stay balanced and prosperous.”

(Image via Facebook)

10/07/15 2:36pm

Approved Plan 1-22-09

Judy Lowe

The public is invited to join the Alexandria City Council for the dedication of the Judy Lowe Neighborhood Park, located at 1 & 7 E. Del Ray Avenue in Alexandria, on Saturday, October 17, at 8:30 a.m. The dedication will be held rain or shine.

Judith “Judy” Utterback Lowe loved Alexandria and the Del Ray neighborhood. She believed intensely in preserving and enhancing a sense of community and was well known as the “First Lady of Del Ray,” because of her involvement in many civic activities. While alive, Judy appreciated the fact that it was a grassroots effort of neighborhood activists who convinced the City to buy the land at 1 & 7 E. Del Ray Ave. for the creation of a neighborhood pocket park.

For additional information, contact Jack Browand with the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.5504.

(Image via Melanie Lowe Radice)

10/07/15 12:26pm

Metro SmarTrip Card

By January, Metro vending machines will no longer issue paper farecards

paperless-smFor the first time, a customer who pays for their Metro trip at King Street, Huntington, or Franconia-Springfield stations will receive a SmarTrip® card—not a paper fare card—from the 25 upgraded vending machines that went into service this week.

Metro has begun upgrading more than 450 existing fare vending machines to dispense SmarTrip cards rather than paper farecards. The rollout began at Virginia stations along the Blue and Yellow lines earlier this week and, by Friday, all stations from Crystal City to Huntington and Franconia-Springfield will be completed.

Metro plans to discontinue all sales of paper farecards, including bulk sales, when the last machine on the system is upgraded by January. (Paper farecard sales will end at individual Metrorail stations as the machines are upgraded.)

Customers will be able to use any remaining paper farecards to enter and exit the rail system until early March. After that, riders holding paper farecards will still be able to transfer the value from paper to SmarTrip at any rail station or Metro sales office through June 2016.

“SmarTrip is faster, safer, more reliable and less costly than paper fare media,” said Jim Bongiorno, Treasury Technical Manager for Metro. “And eventually, when SmarTrip completely replaces paper farecards, customers will notice the benefits in the form of faster entries and exits at the faregates, and improved reliability with more faregates in service. Meanwhile, Metro expects lower expenses through reduced maintenance costs and the improved efficiency that comes from having a single way to pay.”

SmarTrip technology uses no moving parts, a stark contrast from the highly mechanical system of belts, pulleys, readers and ink stamps that are involved with processing paper farecards. Similar to the issues found in copy machines, paper farecards are prone to getting jammed, which can take a faregate out of service.

Customers receiving a new SmarTrip card at an upgraded vending machine will be charged $2 for the card – the same amount paid in surcharges by riders taking a roundtrip with a paper farecard.

SmarTrip is faster, safer and more convenient than using a paper farecard in several ways:

  • Lower cost. On Metrorail, each trip taken with a SmarTrip card costs $1 less than those taken with a paper farecard. A new SmarTrip card ($2) pays for itself after only one roundtrip, versus using a paper farecard.
  • More secure. SmarTrip cards can be registered online.  If the card is lost or stolen, the unused value can be transferred to a new card.  Paper farecards do not offer the same protections.
  • More durable. Moisture or demagnetization can easily destroy a paper farecard, resulting in a loss of value. SmarTrip cards don’t have these issues.
  • More reliable. SmarTrip uses no moving parts, unlike the highly mechanical and maintenance-prone equipment needed to process paper farecards.
  • Transfer benefits. SmarTrip is also the only way to take advantage of cost-saving transfer options between Metrobus and Metrorail.
  • Set it and forget it. Metro’s newest feature, called Auto Reload, gives SmarTrip users the convenience of having value automatically loaded to their card anytime their balance drops below $10.

Today, more than 90 percent of all Metrorail riders use a SmarTrip card to pay for their trip.

(Photo via Mr Tin DC, on Flickr)